Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Church and Community Workers

Church and Community Workers are commissioned missionaries of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, who, in response to God's call, are devoted to uplifting the poor and disenfranchised in rural and urban areas throughout the United States. They work to change the social inequities of poverty, racial injustice, and domestic violence. As their name implies, they take the church into the community and bring the community into the church. Workers normally serve in a project 6 to10 years.

Church and Community Ministry is a kaleidoscopic ministry, ever-changing and never remaining the same. You may find them serving as nurses in a free health clinic; contractors working with volunteers to provide affordable housing and home repairs; leadership and economic developers; immigration attorneys; to name just a few. It is a partnership between the General Board of Global Ministries, the annual conference, the project and the worker.Support for the Church and Community Worker is shared between the General Board of Global Ministries and the conference/project to which the worker is appointed.

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